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The Playhouse Swillburger

A bar, burger joint, and arcade housed in a late 19th-century church building. 

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Finding historic churches across the United States isn’t unusual, but this church in Rochester isn’t your typical Sunday morning chapel. The building was constructed by the Second German Baptist Church in 1890 and hosted several community organizations before it became the home of the Playhouse Swillburger in 2015.

The Playhouse Swillburger is a colorful burger joint, complete with a bar and arcade. It also plays host to an array of pinball and arcade machines in concert with tasty milkshakes and game-themed alcoholic drinks. The venue has an alive and cheerful feel with bright decor and a cozy interior. An array of arcade games are scattered throughout the building, though they’re concentrated on the main floor between the bar area and burger area. All the machines are activated by tokens which can be purchased right next to the main entrance.

The balcony provides a great opportunity to people watch from above, sit and enjoy a meal, or play one of the arcade games. There’s also a beautiful stained glass window that provides a view down to the street. The arcade and burger joint are open to families with children before 10 p.m. After, the venue is restricted to adults 21 and older.

Overall, the Playhouse Swillburger can provide a novel experience, whether it’s a fun time with the family, an evening out with friends, or a playful date.

Know Before You Go

Parking can be difficult here as there is no dedicated parking lot. The website advises visitors to park on Meigs street (especially the Meigs Street Bridge) or South Clinton avenue (check street signs for parking restrictions).

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